My goal was to have the bathroom finished so I could reveal it to my husband after Hurricane Irma caused his ship to sortie. But thanks to extra time spent on the cabinets and the kids out of school for a week, I was hanging the towel rack minutes before I had to pick him up. Now I have a better understanding of the HGTV shows that always seem to be struggling to finish projects at the last minute.
I’m going to break it down into all the parts and put it together for you at the end.
I knew I wanted gray walls and thought Pinterest would help me quickly and easily pick a color. But then I would get to a store and see all the grays and it’s a little overwhelming. In the end, I tested a couple colors – Benjamin Moore Coventry Gray and Glidden Pebble Gray (but in BM sample pot). Both were a little darker than I wanted, so I went with one shade lighter than Coventry Gray, which is Stonington Gray.
Painting 10 foot ceilings in a bathroom was a lot harder than I realized. I had to hang off the ladder and do some very careful stretching to cut in near the ceiling in some areas.
I knew what I wanted – a rustic, stained wood towel rack with dark/black hooks that were big enough to hang towels but not too big, and not too expensive. I looked at a lot of options on Etsy but they were more than I wanted to spend. In other online stores, they didn’t seem quite sturdy or rustic enough. So I decided to make my own.
On one of the days that my paint samples were shaking, I picked up the supplies. I didn’t necessarily need a tutorial but my vision and thought process were validated with this one.
I pulled out the circular saw to trim my board and the rest was pretty easy. Sand, make it rustic by banging at it with a hammer in certain parts, stain, two coats of polyurethane, add hooks, add hanging hardware and hang.
This was one of the last things I finished in the bathroom because I wasn’t sure how to hang it. It needed to be something that wouldn’t easily come off the wall as towels are added and removed and it needed to support the weight of some of our heavy towels. I decided on flush mount brackets and probably should have thought of it earlier, as I used them in our master bedroom in Virginia to hang a headboard once.
There seems to be a trend to everything I added to this bathroom – I searched forever online to find just the right item! (And I suspect this will be the case in the whole house.) The mirrors were no different…I wanted my vision realized and I wanted it to cost as little as possible. I bounced back and forth between wanting rustic wooden mirrors or more modern dark mirrors. Most of the rustic mirrors were out of my price range. I ordered a couple from Bed, Bath & Beyond – they were the right price but ended up being too small. Finally I increased my budget and went with a more modern mirror that I found on Amazon. And I love them!
While looking around in World Market one day, I came across their mix and match shelving. The oak shelf with a natural edge was the perfect color, size and style. Otherwise, I would have waited until the Ikea near me opened…”late fall” can’t come soon enough.
Accessories & Towels:
I’ve been eyeing the Turkish towel trend for a while so I finally ordered a couple to try.
We are not people who hide all our toiletries and keep the counters clear in the bathroom (especially in the middle of the update as shown above). Instead, I used a couple of items I had around the house to make them look a little prettier. I have had the copper container for a couple years, but I don’t feel like it’s ever found just the “right” place until it moved into the bathroom. I recently picked up the tray, hoping to use it in the kitchen, but it was too big. The wood color matches my towel rack and shelf.
Here is a before picture – it captures most of the bathroom, including me and the dog jumping on the bed because she is crazy when I take pictures.
You might notice a picture across from the shelf, on the other side of the tub. It is a picture of houses on The Battery in Charleston in the middle of a storm. We’ve had it since we lived there in 2002. I decided I liked it in this spot but it also amused me because it reminded me of when the kids were little and turned on the jets in the bathtub and they created their own storm. When I went to rehang it after painting, just before Hurricane Irma arrived, I told my daughter that it could look like that in Charleston again. Eerily enough, my sister sent me this comparison.
Pulling it all together:
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Towels – Turkish Towels
Copper Container, Wooden Tray – Homegoods
Small Jars on the Shelf – Local store in Maine – Urban Moose
Cabinets – Benjamin Moore Newburyport Blue HC-155
Walls – Benjamin Moore Stonington Gray HC-170